Fourteen HISD students were named to Mayor Sylvester Turner’s 2021-2022 Mayor’s Youth Council (MYC).
In total, 17 students from the Houston area were selected out of more than 100 applicants after an application and interview process conducted by a selection committee. Students will learn about city government, share issues of concern with city officials, and gain civic leadership skills through community service activities.
As Houston celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month, Mayor Sylvester Turner and the Mayor’s Hispanic Advisory Board are honoring five exemplary Houstonians, which includes a current HISD student and former Board of Education trustee at the Mayor’s Hispanic Heritage Awards. The awards will be live streamed on the Houston Municipal Channel (HTV) and the City of Houston’s social media pages at 6:30 p.m. Thursday Oct. 14.
On Monday, the hip-hop world and HISD came together to help give back to the community at two separate events. At Wheatley High School, one of the biggest rap stars of the 2000s, 50 Cent, took his philanthropic efforts to HISD with the G-Unity Business Lab Kickoff.
HISD Superintendent Richard Carranza and other school leaders from across the Houston area joined Mayor Sylvester Turner and dozens of elected officials Wednesday in pledging to work together to ensure all children have access to a quality education.
“If we cannot help education and the kids in Houston and the surrounding area, we’re in trouble,” Turner told the crowd of about 125 people who turned out for the evening event. “There’s a lot of brain power in this room.”
As in years past, only registered kindergarten through fifth-grade students will receive a backpack filled with school supplies. In addition, students can take advantage of free eye and ear examinations, vaccinations, and lessons in dental hygiene and health.
Mayor Sylvester Turner, who assumed leadership of the Bayou City earlier this month, recognized HISD Superintendent of Schools Terry Grier with a proclamation on Jan. 12 for his dedicated service to Houston’s children.
“Dr. Terry Grier is widely recognized for his leadership in turning around failing schools,” read the proclamation, “and the City of Houston commends Dr. Terry Grier for his commitment to the academic advancement of Houston youth and extends best wishes for continued success.”